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Prime Minister David Cameron MP - The Death of Usama Bin Laden and Counter-terrorism

Prime Minister David Cameron MP - The Death of Usama Bin Laden and Counter-terrorism

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STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER THE RIGHT HONOURABLE DAVID CAMERON MP ON THE DEATH OF USAMA BIN LADEN AND COUNTER-TERRORISM (HOUSE OF COMMONS) 3RD MAY 2011
STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER THE RIGHT HONOURABLE DAVID CAMERON MP ON THE DEATH OF USAMA BIN LADEN AND COUNTER-TERRORISM (HOUSE OF COMMONS) 3RD MAY 2011

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STATEMENTBYTHE PRIME MINISTERTHE RIGHT HONOURABLE DAVID CAMERON MPONTHE DEATH OF USAMA BIN LADEN AND COUNTER-TERRORISM3
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MAY 2011
CHECK AGAINST DELIVERYThank you, Mr Speaker.The death of Usama bin Laden will have important consequences for the
 
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security of our people at home and abroad and for our foreign policy,including our partnership with Pakistan, our military action in Afghanistan andthe wider fight against terrorism across the world.Last night I chaired a meeting of COBR to begin to address some of theseissues.The National Security Council has met this morning. And I wanted to come to the House this afternoon, to take the first opportunityto address these consequences directly and answer Hon Members’questions.Mr Speaker, at 3am yesterday I received a call from President Obama. Heinformed me that US Special Forces had successfully mounted a targetedoperation against a compound in Abbottabad, in Pakistan.Usama bin Laden had been killed, along with four others: bin Laden’s son,two others linked to him, and a female member of his family entourage. Therewas a ferocious firefight, and a US helicopter had to be destroyed but therewas no loss of American life.I am sure the whole House will join me in congratulating President Obamaand praising the courage and skill of the American Special Forces whocarried out this operation.It is a strike at the heart of international terrorism, and a great achievementfor America and for all who have joined in the long struggle to defeat Al
 
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Qaeda.We should remember today in particular the brave British servicemen andwomen who have given their lives in the fight against terrorism across theworld.And we should pay tribute especially to those British forces who have playedtheir part over the last decade in the hunt for bin Laden.He was the man who was responsible for 9/11 - which was not only an horrifickilling of Americans, but remains to this day, the largest loss of British life inany terrorist attack.A man who inspired further atrocities including in Bali, Madrid, Istanbul and of course, here in London on 7/7.And, let us remember, a man who posed as a leader of Muslims but wasactually a mass murderer of Muslims all over the world. Indeed he killed moreMuslims than people of any other faith.Mr Speaker, nothing will bring back the loved ones who have been lost and of course no punishment at our disposal can remotely fit the many appallingcrimes for which he was responsible.But I hope that at least for the victims’ families there is now a sense of justicebeing served, as a long dark chapter in their lives is finally closed.As the head of a family group for United Airlines Flight 93 put it, we are

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